I loved it, as while this book was written by a Buddhist monk, apart from an odd reference here and there, the book is a "manual" first and foremost. It describes the mechanics of mindfulness meditation, rather than the Buddhist spiritual basis for it. It doesn't make any promises of supernatural results, and in general is a reasonably painless read for atheists or people who otherwise don't share the authors beliefs. The only mentions of Buddhism is for historical context.
In a similar vein, I'd recommend Gil Fronsdal's "Introduction to meditation" series of podcasts: http://www.audiodharma.org/series/1/talk/1762/
They're a great companion to Mindfulness in Plain English, and they're also largely religion free and no-nonsense.
Both restful and thought-provoking. If you're mildly interested, I recommend watching the video.
I think this is the link -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwwKbM_vJc -- but I'm in China, which blocks YouTube, so please correct if it's wrong.
Edit: his Wikipedia page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Kabat-Zinn -- links to a bunch of talks he's given -- http://www.google.co.in/search?q=Jon+Kabat-Zinn&hl=en...
that's it, basically. you repeat that and you slowly get better and catching the thoughts and not thinking them. there are then various claims made about benefits that arise from doing this.
disclaimer - i'm just describing mindful meditation, which i use and find helpful (it's easy to do and may reduce stress). the recording itself is a bit gushing / over-enthusiastic for me in places, but it's an interview with someone connected to mindful meditation. there's a walk-through of what i describe above from about 19:45.